Accused Serial Rapist Met Two Victims At Boystown Nightclub, Prosecutors Say

Gabriel Dathey (inset) is accused of raping four women, including two that he met at Berlin Nightclub. | Berlin

A Lakeview man charged this week with four criminal sexual assaults since 2002 met two of his victims at Berlin, a long-running Boystown-area nightclub, according to police records secured by CWBChicago.

Newly-received DNA test from years-old rape kits led to the arrest of 34-year-old Gabriel Dathey Monday morning at his home in the 2900 block of North Pine Grove, according to court records.

Dathey told arresting officers that he worked as a cab driver.

On February 24, 2012, a 22-year-old Roscoe Village woman encountered Dathey at Berlin, 954 West Belmont. She accepted a couple of drinks from Dathey and remembered receiving a ride home from him. She told police that she remembered little about what transpired next except waking up in her bedroom with Dathey on top of her. “She told him to stop and said she was sick and vomiting,” police said. “She felt she had been drugged.”

Dathey enjoys a drink in February 2017. | Facebook

About a week later, on March 4, Dathey met a Finnish au pair at the now-defunct Visions Nightclub at 632 North Dearborn, according to police records. The woman reported feeling disoriented but remembered being in a house with three men and having sex with one of them. “She reported she started crying and said ’no’ when he entered the room wanting to have sex,” according to police records.

Cops caught up with Dathey within days of the attack and secured a DNA sample from him. Prosecutors did not say why it took nearly six years for the test results to come back.

The now-defunct Vision and Castle nightclubs operated in this River North landmark. | Google

Another woman allegedly met Dathey outside of Berlin on August 10, 2014. The victim, who was 30 at the time, admitted to being very intoxicated and said she accepted a ride home from Dathey. She told police that she was disoriented but believes Dathey sexually assaulted her in his car behind her home in the 2100 block of West Cortland.

The oldest attack to result in charges against Dathey this week took place on the Loyola University campus early on September 29, 2002. An 18-year-old woman was walking on school grounds when Dathey approached her and asked her to go with him, police said at the time. He then pulled her to the ground, pulled her jeans and underwear down, and proceeded to assault the woman, police said. Prosecutors this week said Dathey was unable to have sex with the woman, but his DNA was found in a discarded condom.

Dathey is charged with three counts of Class X felony aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of felony criminal sexual assault by force.

Cook County Judge David Navarro ordered Dathey held without bond.

Bizarre Coincidence

In an unusually strange coincidence, Dathey’s home is just two blocks from where another accused serial rapist lives. And, prosecutors say both men picked up victims at the same River North nightclub complex.

Robert Walters, 44, resides in the 600 block of West Diversey, just around the corner from Dathey’s home.

Walters is charged with sexually assaulting three women over the course of several years. Police say he met one of his alleged victims outside of the now-shuttered Castle Nightclub, which operated in tandem with Vision, where Dathey allegedly trolled for a victim.

Walters allegedly met his other two victims in bars—one of them after arranging a date via OK Cupid.

Walters is free on electronic monitoring while he awaits trial. A judge this month gave him permission to move to the suburbs to live with his mother and look for work.

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